In cases of chronic medical conditions for which there is a lack of conventional, effective treatment, it is not uncommon for West Virginia patients to turn to alternative remedies such as marijuana. A recent study, for example, has shown that one in eight people with the painful, often debilitating condition, fibromyalgia, use cannabis to relieve pain and restore functionality.
Despite this relatively common practice, the study still seeks confirmation that cannabis can indeed cause an improvement in the day-to-day functioning of people with the condition. The plant's efficacy as a pain reliever has been documented in cases of pain related to HIV and cancer, but has yet to be associated with fibromyalgia. Furthermore, pain relief without a corresponding increase in functionality is little cause for celebration.
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